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What damage can congenital malaria infection to my unborn child?

What damage can congenital malaria infection to my unborn child?

It can be treated: Congenitally acquired malaria can cause loss of pregnancy, intrauterine growth retardation, prematurity, anemia, congenital parasitemia. It's rare in the usa; <10 cases are reported each year. The last case of congenital p. Malariae infection in the United States was reported in 1992. You should check with your primary care provider or infection disease doctor, it can be easily treated. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Malaria (Definition)

The word comes from italian "mala aria" (bad air), from the belief the disease was caused by unhealthy air in swampy districts. Spread by mosquitoes, the parasite enter the bloodstream & infect red blood cells causing high fever, shaking chills, sweats, vomiting, muscle pain, headache, anemia. First symptoms occur 10 days to 4 weeks post infection, symptoms occur in cycles of ...Read more


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Can malaria infect by unborn child?

Can malaria infect by unborn child?

Yes but low risk: The rate of infection during pregnancy depends on many factors, but remains low. It is about 1% in moms who have developed anti-malaria antibodies and about 10% in those that have not. However, i would be more concerned about the health of the baby as the parasite may pack the placenta and reduce oxygen delivered to the baby. Seek care from a ob/gyn who has experience with high risk pregnancies. ...Read more

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What are the s.e of using doxycycline & amoxcyciline ? Doc says I have to use amoxcy for skin infection &I'm on doxcy for malaria prophlaxis

What are the s.e of using doxycycline & amoxcyciline ? Doc says I have to use amoxcy for skin infection &I'm on doxcy for malaria prophlaxis

Unusual combination: Amoxicillin usually isn't the best antibiotic for skin infections. The main skin infection bacteria often is staph, which doesn't repond to amoxicillin -- but might respond to doxycline. Maybe all you really need is to temporarily increase the dose of doxy; or to add a drug active against staph, like sulfa-trimethoprim, Augmentin, (amoxicillin and clavulanate) or clindamycin. Discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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On Doxycycline for malaria prophlaxis. Doc asked to take amoxyciline for skin infection. Is it OK to stop doxy while I'm on amoxy only 5days?

On Doxycycline for malaria prophlaxis. Doc asked to take amoxyciline for skin infection. 
Is it OK to stop doxy while I'm on amoxy only 5days?

Go back to dr.: Do not stop doxycycline if you are still at risk for malaria (ie still in malarious area, or returned within last 4 wks). Amoxicillin is not compatible with doxy, your doc should prescribe a different antibiotic. Be sure to inform him that you are currently taking doxy. Amoxicillin will not kill malaria parasites in the blood. ...Read more

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How can the way in which humans become infection with malaria and west nile virus differ?

How can the way in which humans become infection with malaria and west nile virus differ?

Malaria vs WNV: West Nile Virus is found in temperate & tropical areas of the world. West Nile Virus has been detected in Culex, Anopheles, Culiseta, Deinocerites, Psorophora, Mansonia, Coquillettidia, Uranotaenia & Aedes mosquitoes. But the most common carriers are Culex & Aedes. Malaria is usually found in tropical & subtropical areas. There are about 3,500 species of mosquitoes. Only 30 to 40 species of ...Read more

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Can you tell me how the way in which humans become infection with malaria and west nile virus differ?

Malaria vs WNV: West Nile Virus is found in temperate & tropical areas of the world. West Nile Virus has been detected in Culex, Anopheles, Culiseta, Deinocerites, Psorophora, Mansonia, Coquillettidia, Uranotaenia & Aedes mosquitoes. But the most common carriers are Culex & Aedes. Malaria is usually found in tropical & subtropical areas. There are about 3,500 species of mosquitoes. Only 30 to 40 species of ...Read more

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Would malaria infection create breathing difficulty?

Not initially: That would be an uncommon symptom initially, though it could occur eventually with severe malaria, since people who are severely anemic (which can be a consequence of malaria) breathe more rapidly to compensate for their anemia. ...Read more

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Can a malaria infection cause severe breathing problems?

Can a malaria infection cause severe breathing problems?

Malaria: Complicated malaria can cause occlusion of small blood vessels due to parasite filled cells. This can cause cerebral malaria. Also pulmonary edema ( water logged lungs) can occur from a similar process. This can lead to shortness of breath. Usually this is a serious disease. ...Read more

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Dr. William Singer
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more